USA: cruise safety bill rejected

A California state Assembly committee Tuesday rejected a bill strongly opposed by cruise companies that would have placed peace officers on passenger ships sailing from California ports.The bill already had been approved by the state Senate but failed to move past the Assembly’s Public Safety Committee on concerns that it would create a jurisdictional and legal mess.It would have been the most stringent regulation in an industry that victim-rights advocates contend is governed by a vague web of federal and international rules that allows crime and crime reporting to fall through the cracks.Source: LA Times; find article here>>.

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